Lawlor, Caicedo, Rome Braves Blank RiverDogs, 8-0
A day after watching Brian Keller and two Charleston RiverDogs pitchers hold the Rome Braves to just two runs, the team got some outstanding pitching of their own, as Ryan Lawlor and Oriel Caicedo each pitched four shutout innings to help the Braves blank Charleston in the 8-0 victory. Four RiverDogs errors helped the Braves score three unearned runs and Marcus Mooney scored 2-runs and added an RBI in the victory.
It was a familiar pattern in this contest, as the Braves scored first for the fourth time in this series. Neither team scored in the first two innings, but in the third Rome went ahead by one. Mooney started the inning with a single and stole second. A base hit by Kevin Josephina moved him to third and he scored on a ground out by Anfernee Seymour to make it 1-0.
Nick Nelson had pitched well through the first third of the game, but in the fourth his defense let him down. Juan Yepez started the inning with a double and Randy Ventura walked to put two on with no one out. With Kurt Hoekstra at the plate, Eduardo Navas attempted to pick off Ventura, but his throw was wild and both runners moved up 90-feet. Two batters later Brett Cumberland grounded out to score Yepez, and it was 2-0. Hoy Jun Park’s throw was wild as well and Ventura came around to score to make it 3-0. Mooney followed with a double to score Cumberland and Josephina walked to put two on with one out. Next up was Seymour, who grounded to Brandon Wagner, but his throw went for an error and the bases were loaded.
That would be it for Nelson as Adonia Rosa came on. He had been brilliant in his last outing and pitched here as well, but Cristian Pache added to the damage by lining a single to left that scored two runs to make it 7-0.
In the fifth, the Rome Braves would add one more run. Ventura and Hoekstra started out with back-to-back singles, as Ventura moved to third on an error on the play. A wild pitch would bring him home and it was 8-0.
That was plenty enough support the Rome Braves pitching staff. The RiverDogs were able to get baserunners against Ryan Lawlor, getting 4-hits and a walk through his 4-innings of work, but he used his fastball to dominate, striking out 6 to bail him out of trouble in each case.
Oriel Caicedo (2-0) came on in the fifth and he was masterful. The left-hander allowed 3-hits in his 4-innings of work to earn the victory. Jon Kennedy pitched a perfect ninth to finish the game.
Marcus Mooney finished 2-4 with 2-runs and an RBI for Rome. Randy Ventura scored 2-runs and Cristian Pache plated 2. Hoy Jun Park had 2-hits for the Charleston RiverDogs.
There is no rest for the weery as the Charleston RiverDogs continue 11th straight day with a game, heading to Augusta to take on the GreenJackets. Nick Green (0-2, 9.95) looks to get his season on track for the RiverDogs. He will be opposed by Stephen Woods (1-0, 1.50). First pitch is 7:05.
By Robert Pannier